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Newly Approved HIV Therapy Will Genetically Modify Patients' Stem Cells

In a treatment now set to undergo clinical trials, scientists will focus on a protein believed to open the body to the AIDS-causing virus.<p>A promising HIV therapy that involves a patient's own stem cells has won approval to be tested in people. It's one of several experimental treatments that are …

This Tiny Sculpture Is Perched Atop A Human Hair

Fine art at the microscale<p>The world’s smallest human figure, by artist Jonty Hurwitz, is only as tall as a sheet of paper is thick--just 100 microns. To "sculpt" it, he had nanoscientist Stefan Hengsbach direct long-wavelength light through a microscope onto a photosensitive polymer. This produced …

A simple injection could one day stop people from bleeding to death

'100 percent of the rats treated with the polymer survived' a traumatic injury<p>Blood loss kills a lot of people; one-third of deaths related to traumatic injuries are caused by bleeding. But a lab-made polymer could change that, as it was able to stop bleeding in rats whose femoral artery was cut, …

Dramatic New Video Shows Volcano Forming an Island

New footage reveals rise of Japan's Nishino Shima, formerly "Snoopy Island."<p>Japan's newest real estate continues to expand about 600 miles (970 kilometers) south of Tokyo, although it is hardly ready for moving vans. The uninhabited island of Nishino Shima remains the site of an active volcano that …

Graphene Research: Electrons Moving along Defined Snake States

Physicists at the University of Basel have shown for the first time that electrons in graphene can be moved along a predefined path. This movement …

Get ready for a 'historically unprecedented' temperature spike

Humanity is about to experience a historically unprecedented spike in temperatures.<p>That's the ominous conclusion of a vast and growing body of …

Obama wants China to stop copying the NSA's surveillance plans

President Obama has criticized a Chinese plan to force US tech companies to install backdoors into their products for sale in the country. Without stopping for a moment to consider the phrase about glass houses and stones, he told <i>Reuters</i> that China would have to change its stance if it wanted to do …

First photo of light as particle and wave

At last … a wavicle! Who thought we’d ever see a single photo of light’s dual nature as both a particle and a wave?<p>Here is the first-ever photo of …

Mind Trip: Humans To Live Forever By 2030 As Person’s Consciousness Could Be Uploaded To Computer

Want to live forever? According to some of the leading minds in the world, including Stephen Hawking, by 2030 we should have the capability to upload …

CNO: Shorter carrier cruises a year away

The Navy is showing signs of progress in its fight to reigning in the overlong deployments that have heavily strained the fleet for the past three …

Military

The Dark Heart Of The Milky Way

Dark matter, the mysterious substance that makes up four-fifths of the stuff in the universe, has been found for the first time in the centre of the Milky Way.<p>The rivals have proposed an alternative hypothesis, called modified Newtonian dynamics (Mond), suggesting that the laws of gravity work …

New Way to Make Oxygen Doesn't Need Plants

Earth's atmosphere wasn't always full of life-giving oxygen — it was once a choking mixture of carbon dioxide and other gases, more like the …

Chemistry

Meet the fast-charging, affordable ‘future’ car that Elon Musk hates

Toyota this week officially rolled out what it's betting will mark "a turning point" in automotive history — a sleek, affordable, eco-friendly "future" car that can drive for 300 miles, takes less than five minutes to refuel and comes with three years of free gas.<p>It's everything critics of …

Food Additives Inflame Mouse Guts By Disturbing Microbes

If you walk down the aisles of any supermarket, you’ll see what dietary emulsifiers can accomplish. This common class of food additives binds water and oils together, preventing mixtures of the two from splitting. They stabilise ice-cream and other frozen desserts, mayonnaise, salad dressings, and …

Physicists double their teleportation power

The bandwidth for quantum teleportation has doubled. A new technique transfers information about one particle so that another particle takes on two, …

Finding faults at work can wear you down

Although pointing out problems and suggesting solutions can both help a company improve, employees may want to find the right mix of the two.<p>Focusing …

Michigan State University

Jetpack Maker Gets A Major Funding Boost

Could personal jetpacks finally see the light of day?<p>For centuries, humans have dreamed of flying. Once people figured out how to properly fly through the air in planes, folks started dreaming of flight without all that bulky airplane attached. Martin Jetpack wants to take the personal flight dream …

James Bond

Chasing The Mystery Of Spacetime's Local 'Bulk Flow'

For decades, the root cause of our Milky Way galaxy’s “bulk flow” in the direction of the Centaurus and Hydra constellations has retained an air of mystery. Our own star’s motion through the Milky Way is relatively well understood. But a full understanding of the exact forces driving our Local …

Don’t let AT&T mislead you about its $29 “privacy fee”

This week AT&T got a lot of media attention for its expansion of its GigaPower service to Kansas City announced on Monday. The news wasn’t so much …

Telecoms

Republicans To Investigate NASA Over Climate Data Tampering

With record heat (and drought) in the west and record cold (wet and snow) in the east, the global warming game-playing continues every day but the …

NASA Space Submarine Could Explore Titan's Methane Seas

COCOA BEACH, Fla. — The extraterrestrial seas of Titan, Saturn's largest moon, provide an ideal world for a robotic submarine to explore, and a team …

5 lucrative tech careers to pursue in 2015

Looking to make the biggest bucks in the fastest growing industry?<p>There are two crystal clear — albeit unsurprising — commonalities among the top 10 …

Leading climate change denier was paid by energy companies

Wei-Hock Soon earned more than $1 million publishing erroneous reports<p>Wei-Hock Soon, a leading climate change denier whose work has fortified right-wing political arguments for years, was paid more than $1.2 million by energy companies, <i>The New York Times</i> reports. New documents uncovered by …

Engineers have created a smartphone HIV test that costs $35 to make

Let’s be honest: Smartphones aren’t necessarily thought of as devices that help to slow the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. In fact, …

Pew Research Center

The World's Most Sophisticated Malware Ever Infects Hard Drive Firmware

High-tech "Equation group" is likely connected to NSA<p>There's a new malware king on the block. Security researchers at Moscow-based Kaspersky Labs have uncovered a sophisticated suite of software packages that stem from what it calls the "Equation" group, a single cluster of unidentified hackers …

A New Found State Of Matter Marks A Scientific Breakthrough

Researchers which includes physicist from the University of Cambridge have officially measured the first signatures of fractional parts, referred to …

LiFi breakthrough delivers 224Gbits/sec internet connection

If you're finding your 100Gbit/sec broadband a bit slow, researchers at the University of Oxford could have the answer, with a technological …

Breakthroughs